After news broke Friday night that the Capitals re-signed Tom Wilson for six more seasons, I began to think about a few of my favorite Wilson scraps during his first contract with the Capitals. I didn’t have to think long before I stopped on a favorite, a tandem gem with John Erskine.
In the second period of a 1-1 game against the Maple Leafs on January 10th, 2014, Tom Wilson and John Erskine would drop the mitts in successive fights, driving the Verizon faithful into a tremendous frenetic frenzy.
I happened to be in the building that night, and will never forget the energy that exploded in a total of 5 seconds of actual game time. It was a legendary fight card in this fan’s opinion.
19-year-old rookie Tom Wilson would get things started in a spirited bout with the Leafs Carter Ashton.
But things were just heating up. John Erskine wasted no time following Wilson’s scrap, dropping the gloves with notorious league tough-guy Colton Orr. Capitals announcer Joe Beninati would quickly label the second bout “Heavy-Heavy….heavy-heavy”. He nailed it. “Here come the jackhammers!”
As Capitals announcer Joe Beninati put it, “Wilson and Ashton was the appetizer, that was the entre’”. No better way to say it.
If you were there that night, how does it rank in your Wilson and Erskine fight rankings? What is your favorite Wilson bout, so far? Comment below.
By Jon Sorensen